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No Sleep ’til Hammersmith

no sleep til hammersmith linda ryan london

No Sleep ’til Hammersmith

@myMotorhead #london @ThisDayInMETAL

On this day in 1981 Motorhead released “No Sleep ’til Hammersmith”. Last summer I found it hard to resist taking this photo while riding the Tube with my wife getting plenty of sleep ’til Hammersmith. We were actually on our way to Kew Gardens.

Alter Bridge @ 2017 Copenhell

copenhell alter bridge Brian Aubrey Marshall

Brian Marshall

@COPENHELL #copenhell @alterbridge

copenhell alter bridge scott phillips

Scott Phillips

copenhell alter bridge Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti

copenhell alter bridge Myles Kennedy

Myles Kennedy

Opeth @ 2017 Copenhell

copenhell opeth Joakim Svalberg

Joakim Svalberg

@OfficialOpeth @COPENHELL #copenhell

Opeth is one of my all-time favorite bands. I love all of their albums, especially their pre-2008 material. Unlike some, I do like their last four albums, but not nearly as much as their earlier releases. So when I took a peek at their setlist….

copenhell opeth setlist

2017 Copenhell Opeth setlist

… and saw that only two songs were not off their last four albums, the thought that I was going to see them again in their entirety in a few weeks in Sweden, and that I really wanted to see Myrkur (a band I probably have little chance of seeing again), I made the decision to bolt after three songs to see Myrkur (which resulted in me only missing part of Myrkur’s first song).

I don’t regret the decision even though I would have loved to have heard Deliverance live for something like the tenth time. By the way, Opeth is now the only band I have seen in four different countries. I’ll see them for the third time in their native Sweden on July 15. I much prefer them outside of Scandinavia as I can understand Mikael’s between-songs banter when he isn’t speaking in Swedish.

copenhell opeth Mikael Åkerfeldt

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Hopefully, at the Gefle Metal Festival–were they will be headlining and hopefully playing a longer set, we’ll get to hear at least a song or two off of each of the “Blackwater Park” and “My Arms, Your Hearse” albums.

copenhagen opeth

copenhell opeth Fredrik Åkesson

Fredrik Åkesson

Copenhagen apartment views (year 4)

copenhagen apartment view year four valby

This is my fourth summer in Copenhagen (2008, 2011, and 2016 being the first three). I like to stay in a different area each time I come to Denmark to explore a new neighborhood and experience more new things. The last three times I’ve always been a two-minute bike ride (at most) from Copenhagen’s lakes. This year I’m in Valby. I miss the lakes. The views from my other places were more interesting, but this year’s views aren’t altogether bad. I have a neat looking neighborhood out my front window (below) that I’m looking forward to investigating soon.

copenhagen apartment view year four valby denmark

Baest @ 2017 Copenhell

copenhell baest Svend Karlsson

Svend Karlsson

@COPENHELL #copenhell @baestband

Baest is the first band I saw on Day 3 of 2017 Copenhell. The skies opened when they hit the stage and the audience (and photographers) got drenched. I didn’t change lenses due to the rain, so I don’t have a total band, wide-angle shot.

From chatting with them after their set it looks like the first Baest album will come out in 2018. Baest, from Aarhus, Denmark, will play at Roskilde on Monday, but my first day at the Roskilde Festival will be Wednesday.

copenhell baest Mattias Melchiorsen

Mattias Melchiorsen

copenhell baest Sebastian Abildsten

Sebastian Abildsten

copenhell baest Lasse Revsbech

Lasse Revsbech

copenhell baest Simon Olsen

Simon Olsen of Baest @ 2017 Copenhell

Day 3 of 2017 Copenhell begins

@COPENHELL #copenhell @YourBaroness @WeAreMinistry

Today’s highlights will include Overkill, Opeth, and Slayer.

copenhell ministry

Ministry

copenhell Batushka

Batushka

copenhell baroness

One of Gina Gleason’s first shows as Baroness guitarist

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